In 1903, writing nearly 50 years before the advent of television, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote in his widely read Souls of Black Folk of Blacks “born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,—a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world” (Du Bois, 1999, pp. 10-11). Du Bois’s metaphor foreshadows the ongoing predicament of the ability and authority of Blacks to engage in systematic critiques of their own social dilemmas. The veil became a metaphor not only for how Blacks came to see themselves, but for the inability of a broader American society to truly see African Americans as they really were.